Report: France wants tough response if Israel goes ahead with annexation

May 13, 2020 by JNS
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France is pushing members of the European Union to consider threatening Israel with tough consequences if it goes ahead with its plan to annex parts of Judea and Samaria.

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on Jan. 22, 2020. Photo by Shlomi Cohen/Flash90.

Belgium, Ireland and Luxembourg want to discuss the option of economic actions against Israel in a foreign ministers’ meeting on Friday, three E.U. diplomats told Reuters in a report published on Monday.

However, it’s far from clear that there will be an agreement from all E.U. members for this move, and Israeli allies such as Hungary and the Czech Republic could block it. It is also unknown what punitive measures would be proposed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that governmental talks on extending Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley would begin in July.

An E.U. spokesman on Monday was quoted in the report as saying “annexation is contrary to international law and if annexation goes ahead, the E.U. will act accordingly.”

“There is clearly a need to look at what annexation means in the context of international law, and we do need to know our options,” said one senior E.U. diplomat involved in discussions. “We also need to say what exactly the consequences of annexation would be, ideally as a way to stop any such move.”

JNS

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One Response to “Report: France wants tough response if Israel goes ahead with annexation”
  1. Jerry Snell says:

    As far as the nations of the European Union are concerned, no Jew should be concerned.Their blatant hatred of Jews by the Governments of many European lands should not be tolerated. Many of these countries “loved us to death” in the 1940’s, Now, they wish to do the same to Klal Yisrael living in Eretz Yisrael. It is a shandeh(shame) that many Jews of the extreme left (wealthy intellectuals) state that this could break their connection with Israel…….no more dollars to Israel if they cause the wrath of “Israel’s
    allies. Sounds like GEORGE SCHWARTZ SOROS when he donates money to Budapest to help fight the Covid plague, but gives $0.00 to Jerusalem. Tzedakah to help fellow Jews should have no strings attached. JERRY HOWARD(YOSEPH TZVI) SNELL
    PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, USA

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